ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

iPad whiteboard app is easy to use, falling behind

Learning rating

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Based on 25 reviews

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Expert evaluation by Common Sense



Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

Great for

Assessment, Classroom Management, Creating Media, Instructional Strategies, Media Literacy, Presentation

Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: iPad

Pros: Simple, focused, and easy to jump in and use.

Cons: Limited features make saving and searching chaotic. Privacy lacking in free version.

Bottom Line: With limited features for creating, searching, and sharing content, this is an app best suited to teachers with focused needs and paid accounts.

If you (or your school) spring for a subscription, take a spin around the Explore and Courses tabs to understand what content is already out there and how you might choose to upload and organize your own videos. Start on pen and paper or a slideshow tool first to sketch things out. Consider which photos or images you might want to use as individual slides in your presentation and save them to your camera roll so that you can easily access them and add them to your presentation. Then, consider using this as a tool for flipping the classroom or for offering further review for students. Encourage your students to watch, pause, and rewatch videos so that they watch and listen as you explain how to balance a chemistry equation, solve a math problem, or translate a sentence from one language to another. 

Think about how you might want students to create content. Perhaps invite students to create their own presentations working through problems as part of a shared review process for an exam. Invite students to use an interactive whiteboard as a way to share a presentation with the class, creating their slides within this app or importing them from the device's camera roll.

ShowMe is an interactive whiteboard app for iPad where teachers and students can create presentations with live drawings, text, images, and audio recordings. Once you finish recording a ShowMe, you can tag it with a subject (like math, art, or language). It then gets saved publicly in the Explore tab in the app. Users can browse other videos in the Explore tab by subject, and they can view videos from featured teachers as well as "trending" and "popular" videos. 

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard has a free version, but most of its features -- including the option to save videos privately -- are available only with a paid subscription. Other paid features include basic classroom management tools (like creating student accounts and creating courses) and accessibility features (like subtitles and closed captioning).

ShowMe has been around for a while, and over time its features have become increasingly limited in comparison to other tools. It's easy to start recording a presentation with some basic drawing and media features, and this might work for some, although Educreations is similar and perhaps a bit more slick in presentation. However, even though it's easy to get started, other aspects of ShowMe lack polish. Features for tagging content by subject are limited, and it's surprisingly difficult to search for relevant content. The Explore tab and Courses tab can feel chaotic to navigate and difficult to use. While it's nice that you can browse other users' content, it's not easy to use the app itself to save the videos you like so that you can easily share them with your students. Plus, the fact that videos are shared publicly by default may be a nonstarter for some teachers and schools. While some features are available without a subscription, most are behind the paywall.  

Learning Rating

Overall Rating

The simple toolset has limited capabilities and works inconsistently. Premium accounts have a bit more to work with.


There's learning baked into the process of whiteboarding and presentation. Through collaborative sharing, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard users support each other's learning.


The interface is intuitive and there's a brief FAQ section, but it's challenging to navigate so much content with little moderation or organization.

Common Sense reviewer

Community Rating

Good product for students to learn from home, but some bugs.

I think it has the potential to be great for students to complete homework on and learn efficiently from home. The interface should be made a little better and more features would suit the program pretty well. Overall, I think it is a good product.

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Privacy Rating

Data Safety How safe is this product?

  • Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users.
  • Personal information can be displayed publicly.
  • Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.

Data Rights What rights do I have to the data?

  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Processes to access or review user data are available.
  • Processes to modify data are available for authorized users.

Ads & Tracking Are there advertisements or tracking?

  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.

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